Things to Consider When You are a Freelance Welder
There are various reasons you may decide to become a freelance welder. You may find that you have too much time between jobs with your current company, or that the income is not what you need for the time you are putting in. Regardless of the reason, there are some things you will want to consider that may differ from your life as a welder with a company. Here are a few of those key points and advice.
Leftover Parts and Pieces
One thing to consider about your contract is what happens to the leftover metal scrap, parts, and pieces that may be present at the end of the project. By having it stated in the contract that those items go to you at the end of the project, you can actually set yourself up for future projects. Those leftover scraps and parts may come in handy for last minute repairs, small jobs, or mishaps that can happen with welders and their equipment on the worksite. So, as you create your generalized contract for your clients, consider this as an option.
Backup Protection Gear
If you have been working for a company then items like your protection gear, such as helmets and gloves, may have been provided for you. If something happened to them during the job, they were likely replaced during the shift. As a freelancer you will not have that luxury. This means you may want to have at least three of each item in order to have one as a backup and another as an additional backup in case something further happens. This can save you time on the project since you will already have a replacement option at your disposal instead of having to stop and order or go pick up a new piece of gear.
Equipment Hire on File
You likely already have your own equipment such as a portable MIG welder. What you may not have considered is what happens if that welder or other tool breaks down. An ideal option to costly replacements is to keep a welding hire on file that has the equipment you need in stock and with delivery or pick up options that fit your needs. Keep in mind that some welding equipment hires will require you to sign a contract for several days to a week minimum. Some may also require to see your certification or some form of licensing and bonding in relation to welding in order to hire out and use the equipment.
Keep in mind that as you being expanding your freelance welding business, you will find that different equipment may help you than you first considered. Don't be against obtaining new equipment, trying it, and promoting your abilities with it to your expectant clients.